My girlfriends and I had an idea to go away on holiday for a few days over half term recently but the problem was we didn’t know where to go, so we each designed a trip which was 3 or 4 days long with a budget of £250 for flights and accommodation and we would then pitch our ideas and vote. The options were Lille, Cotswolds, Bratislava or Riga and lucky for me Riga won the vote! So we booked our flights and hotel and were off three weeks later.
Ever since I visited Estonia a few years back I had wanted to visit Latvia as I just loved Tallin. We arrived and caught a 12 Euro cab from the airport to our hotel called Wellton Centrum Hotel and Spa which was located in the old town. Our room was basic but comfortable and we dumped our bags and headed out to sample some of the local cuisine.Our first meal was at Melna Bite and was actually located in the hotel (without us realising after googling). The menu was full of fresh food and it was almost too hard to choose but I ordered the Beef Strogonoff.
After filling up on our first meal we headed straight to Easy Wine, after reading about it on Adventerous Kate I knew this was going to be a favourite with the girls. It’s pretty basic, you top up a card and put it into a machine that is attached to several bottles of wine and you can choose how large or small of a glass you want and get drinking! We ordered some cheese to go with it as well because you know girls, wine and cheese go together so well.
Our second day in Riga was spent also in the old town just exploring and taking lots of photos of all of the pretty buildings. Riga was very very quiet when we were there but you can tell from the amount of bars that it gets pretty busy on the weekends.
After a stroll around the picturesque old town, a hot chocolate pit stop and some lunch with mulled wine we headed back to our hotel to sample the spa.
We booked this hotel specifically for the spa because we thought it would be a great opportunity to relax after a really busy term at school. We each booked a treatment, we all opted for a massage. The hotel provided robes and slippers and we all enjoyed hanging out in them! The spa also had a small pool and hot tub. Once all the kids left it was much more relaxing.
That evening we went to the Kiwi Bar (I know we went there), it was actually OK, they served delicious Indian food from the restaurant next door and we spent the evening nattering away before heading to the liveliest bar in the old town – The Funny Fox where we proceeded to totally embarrass ourselves at karaoke.
The next morning we were feeling a little worse for wear but rugged up and got out in the crisp Autumn weather, the leaves were a beautiful colour and walking along the canal it reminded me why Autumn is one of the coolest seasons. Look at the stunning colours. We definitely picked the perfect time to visit in order to see the autumn colours out in full force.
One of the ‘must do’ things in Riga is an Escape Room. I had never really heard of this until we got there but they are all over town. Basically, you get locked in a room with several clues as to how to get out within the hour. We chose a prison themed one and paid 35 Euro’s for the ‘experience’. We had three rooms and had to exit through the one we came in through. We were also handcuffed together which made it a little tricky at times! We managed to find all of the clues and solve the mystery in 55 minutes which was pleasing. Check us out in our prison gears.
All too soon our girls trip to Riga was over but we had such a great time doing what girls do, gossiping, eating, drinking and lots of laughing!
Have you been to Riga?
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